Israel's Netanyahu kicks off four-country visit to Africa

Netanyahu is the first Israeli leader to visit sub-Saharan Africa in three decades.

FILE: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu starts a four-nation safari in Uganda today.

He is the first Israeli leader to visit sub-Saharan Africa in three decades.

He will start his visit in Entebbe in Uganda, 40 years after Isreali commanders rescued 100 Israelis and Jews who were held by Palestinian and German terrorists.

Netanyahu's brother Yonatan, who commanded the special forces troops, was killed in the operation.

The Isreali leader will also visit Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda.

His visit is being projected as Israel reaching out for new friends in Africa after controversial treatment of migrants from his government.

He cancelled a planned visit to South Africa before former president Nelson Mandela's funeral, which was seen as a sign of deteriorating bilateral relations.